For those wondering what types of nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) treatments were available before the invention of the bedwetting alarms we have today, there’s a new infographic that chronicles the history of bedwetting treatments. The treatments, which include sprinkling pig bladder bits onto a child’s bed and using hypnotherapy, are displayed in a timeline, starting from 1550 BC to the late ’90s. Take a look at the bedwetting infographic below: Continue reading
For people experiencing urinary incontinence, maintaining discretion is crucial. You want to be fully protected from bladder leakage, yet also steer away from the usual bulky white diaper that may make you feel even more uncomfortable or embarrassed.
National Incontinence now carries four new Depend products that are designed to look more attractive and feel more like regular underwear. These protective underwear were created specifically for men and women to reduce the stigma often associated with incontinence and adult diapers.
For those who are attached to their iPhones and iPads, there’s a new free app designed to help you overcome urinary incontinence problems. Developed by Jeff Pepper, founder of Three Ten LLC, iDry allows users to log events, such as when they change an incontinence pad and how much urine was passed, and identify factors, such as exercises and diet changes, that may reduce incontinence symptoms.
Finding the cause of bladder leakage can help you and your doctor determine the best and most effective treatment plan. Below are the 8 most common causes of urinary incontinence:
- Pregnancy and childbirth can put extra stress on the bladder and stretch and weaken the pelvic floor muscles.
- An enlarged prostate, or benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), can put pressure on the urethra and block the flow of urine. Prostate surgery can damage the sphincter muscles in the urethra.
Of the 25 million American adults who experience urinary incontinence, 75-80 percent of those are women. Despite this high prevalence, the topic of bladder leakage is still hush-hush at the doctor’s office because women are often embarrassed to discuss the issue with their doctors.
However, if left unreported, urinary leakage can be a sign of a more serious problem. This is why women and their physicians are encouraged to maintain a dialogue about bladder control, according to an article published by doctors from the University of Michigan.